At Stanford’s 123rd Commencement, Bill and Melinda Gates, co-chairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, shared their personal experience and urged graduates to change the world through optimism and empathy. Truly connect with the poor and sick, they advised, and channel those experiences into making the world a better place.
World’s toughest job
Most important job you can have in the world! Are you up for it? The requirements for the position are:
If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way
Are you feeling defeated at this point in your life? Do you have 5 minutes to spare me? Click to watch the inspiring video based on the true story of a group of children in Koh Panyee, a little island in the south of Thailand. It is a floating village in the middle of the sea that has not an inch of soil. The children there loved to watch football but they had no place to play or practice. Guess what they did?
Things You didn’t do
In his talk ‘Only You can make the Difference,’ he quoted Sigmund Freud (hope I got it right from the video), ” … all of us think that we are immortal and we’re going to live forever and we’re constantly putting things off for tomorrow.” Don’t we always feel that – there’s always tomorrow – especially so when we are procrastinating and putting things off? “I’ll just do it tomorrow,” we told ourselves.
Be like the bamboo my friend: Lessons you can learn from it
One lesson which I had learnt many years ago from a business leader, was to be humble like the bamboo; the higher it goes, the lower it ‘bows.’ Bamboo, which is commonly known in the Chinese culture as one of the four gentlemen, namely the orchid, the bamboo, the chrysanthemum and the plum blossom, and also as three friends of winter, namely the pine, the bamboo and the plum. According to China Daily, “… bamboo is a symbol of virtue. It reflects people’s souls and emotions.”
My beautiful women: True stories of two women that will deeply touch you
Based on two true stories of two beautiful women that will deeply touch you. Choose understanding over judging another; our job is to love people, not to judge them.
Music goes right into the heart
Music, it hits directly in the head, goes right into the heart and opening the most tightly closed heart; it speaks the language of the heart when words fail. Hans Christian Andersen said, “Where words fail, music speaks.”